Best Locations to Retire Lists

It seems like every magazine or website publishes a list of the best places to retire. Sometimes it even seems that there is a competition for who can put out the whackiest best places to retire lists – brainiest places to retire, best outdoor places, etc.

Location lists are generally helpful for these reasons:

  • They bring places and locations to your attention that you might not have heard of before
  • They inspire some communities to do a better job of making themselves attractive to retirees
  • They help people compare and contrast different retirement cities, without having to leave home

Some of the drawbacks associated with best places to retire lists are:

  • Many of the lists are nearly all the same with the same communities getting reviewed over and over again
  • Prices often go up and places get overrun as retirees flock to the popular spots
  • Lots of good retirement locations are overlooked because too many people rely slavishly on the narrow range of towns on the popular retirement lists.

Best Locations to Retire Lists

Here is a collection of some of our favorite best places to retire lists:


Top 10 Retirement Locations at

  1. Asheville, NC
  2. Sarasota, FL
  3. Prescott, AZ
  4. Paris, TN
  5. Winston-Salem, NC
  6. Athens, GA
  7. Green Valley, AZ
  8. San Diego, CA
  9. Austin, TX
  10. Phoenix, AZ



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